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steven-belanger's picture
Jan.13.2014
A few quick tidbits as I'm taking a breather between seemingly a thousand things at once:   --I'll call it the Ebay Rule: When you win the bidding on something, and immediately Ebay shows you the same exact thing from a different seller, in better condition, for less money.   --I'm...
alex-fraser's picture
Jan.07.2012
  The day before Christmas, I received a cheque for $98.16 from Bank of America. The accompanying letter explained that this sum represented a bundled, judge-approved settlement incidentally covering my claim of $13,000 in a credit card overdraft glitch complaint. Further, the sum released...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Aug.11.2011
Philip Levine, named as the next poet laureate, worked grunt jobs in the Detroit auto plants before developing his voice, and again and again he's called on his blue-collar experiences to create wonderful poetry. In my youth I also worked the kind of grunt jobs that Mr. Levine used as material,...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Nov.08.2010
Tammie, my second oldest daughter, called me today from The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. She was there with a group of other parents who are in training to take exchange students, her third year of doing it. We were on the phone for more than an hour. I've never been to The Smithsonian...
eva-schlesinger's picture
May.09.2010
Leaning forward in my aisle seat at the University Baroque Ensemble, I skimmed over my program, listening as the students performed works by Handel, Telemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach.  I noted one familiar piece on the program. A second later, it flew out of my head.   Having grown up tuned into...
john-braun's picture
Sep.09.2009
Holy crap, it's 9/9/09! Do you know what that means? Absolutely nothing really. I'm kidding!! Seriously, how often do numbers line up like that?? Every year for the first 12 years of a century? Oh. But..well, these are NINES! How cool??? NINES! Three of them!! Isn't that..wait a second..ten years...
heywood-gould's picture
Jan.06.2009
NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 6th...Fast food franchises are "insidiously" planting sexist, anti-labor and neo-imperialist propaganda in their commercials, a consumer advocate charged today. Leah Schildkraut, Corporate Malfeasance specialist with the Anarcho-Feminist Coalition, called for an...